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    Akhenaten

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    Akhenaten, or Amenhotep IV as he was first known, reigned during the prosperous golden age of Egypt’s 18th dynasty. He is generally associated with the neglecting the empire in order to pursue his dreams as a religious philosopher; letting the Egyptian border crumble, and ignoring their foreign colonies and provinces. Akhenaten was married to the most beautiful woman of ancient Egypt, who also happened to be his sister, Nefertiti. Delving into the reasons behind Akhenaten’s brief reform of Egyptian

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    Akhenaten and Monotheism

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    the center of attention during Amenhotep’s reign. Amenhotep IV, who would later take the name Akhenaten, would lead a controversial reign which would result in failure. He would eventually be deemed the “heretic king” (Assmann 149), but what was it that earned him this title? Was Amenhotep IV truly a “heretic king?” What manner of man was Aten’s ‘first prophet’? Because of his religious reforms, Akhenaten has for long struck a chord in today’s predominantly monotheistic world, and the fact that

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    The Origins of Akhenaten

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    The Origins of Akhenaten There is much that is known about Akhenaten the heretic pharaoh. More lies in speculation. Since his time, the Amarna period is one the ancient Egyptians themselves wished to forget much about Akhenaten remains unknown. What we do know is often confusing, different hypothesis piled upon each other make it difficult to distinguish what is fact and what speculation. We do know that Akhenaten, or Amenhotep IV, was the second son of Amenhotep III, an 18th Dynasty pharaoh and

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    Akhenaten was a pharaoh of Egypt who reigned over the country for about seventeen years roughly between 1353 B.C. and 1335 B.C. (Jarus). Akhenaten was one of the children of Amenhotep III and his wife Queen Tiye. Little is known about his early life; this is mainly because, unlike his four sisters and one brother, he was not depicted on the monuments and other structures that his father built (Roberts, page 37). Akhenaten created his own religion, due to the fact that his family never taught him

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    The Chaotic Reign of Akhenaten

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    (Wiki: Akhenaten). Soon after he decided to construct a temple dedicated to Aten (... ... middle of paper ... ...nded with him as well. Works Cited Phaidon Press Inc. "Amarna Period." Shanahan, Karl. Egypt: 400 years of art. New York: Phaidon press Limited, 2003. 177-195. Redford, Donald B. "Akhenaten: The Heretic King." /redford, Donald B. Akhenaten: The Heretic King. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1984. 71-72. Scala Publications. "Head of Amenophis IV - Akhenaten." Publications

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    Dynasty 18 in which Akhenaten is depicted as a sphinx, offering to the god Aten. Akhenaten wears the ureaus headdress, marking him as king of Egypt while two cartouches contain his official name. In addition to his cartouche, the relief contains the cartouches of Aten and Nefertiti, delineating the trinity of divinities that compose Akhenaten’s religion. Aten is depicted traditionally, as a sun disk, with his hands holding ankh symbols reaching towards offering tables in front of Akhenaten where the king

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    Akhenaten, The Mysterious Ruler Akhenaten is considered by many historians to be one of the most fascinating and individuals of the ancient world. It is been said that he created the first monotheistic religion. Did he do so? We will explore this question, along with other factions of his life and reign. In order to see how Akhenaten is considered a revolutionary and how his reign is different from those before his a look at the role of earlier “traditional” kings is needed. Then we will examine

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    Mahfouz's Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth

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    Mahfouz's Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth In the history of literature, perhaps the most explored genre is the historical novel. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to the present day, authors have taken historical facts and interpreted them novelistically. When no facts are available, the author may extrapolate missing parts of the story from two sources -- either through the interpretation of the existing scholarly data or through the author's imagination. These two approaches to 'filling in the gaps'

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    mystical deities that are so popular now amongst modern audiences. It was a means to bolster authority and legitimize themselves, and there more often than not was a wide array of gods to have been associated with. However in the Eighteenth Dynasty, Akhenaten the “Heretic King” reigned and the “Amarna Period” (based on the name of his capital city) rose. He inflicted monotheism upon Egypt, ensuring that the only deity who was worshipped was the Aten – the Sun Disk. One of Akhenaten’s sons, Tutankhamun

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    Akhenaten: Heretic Man or Visionary Pharaoh?

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    governors of the Ancient Egyptian realm who broadcasted themselves as sons of gods who upheld Ma’at – the Egyptian order of life. Most pharaohs ruled in a typical and expected way carrying the beliefs of their ancestors- though not all ruled this way. Akhenaten of the 18th Dynasty New Kingdom was not an “archetypal” pharaoh as seen through his goal to change Egyptian religion from polytheism to monotheism and through his building project in Amarna. Though he used traditional means to incorporate his changes

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